Destination Guide

St. Barth's

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St. Barth’s has a rhythm all its own that mixes sophisticated French l’art de vivre with a laid-back tropical ease. From world-class hotels to excellent restaurants, shopping and plenty of activities on the beach and on the water, the island accomplishes something few others can, retaining its wild, undeveloped shores while satisfying serious jetsetters who are happy with nothing less than the best. Although St. Barth’s was hit hard by Hurricane Irma in September 2017, the island has been busy rebuilding ever since—and has proven its resilience with a slew of newly rebuilt (and brand-new) villas, resorts and restaurants. Indagare has also been closely monitoring protocols on the island and we have all the intel on where to stay, eat, shop and more. We are also in touch with our local partners and can advise on all aspects of the island, which is one of our favorite destinations in the Caribbean.

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Eden Rock–St Barths

Eden Rock–St Barths is the address for those who want to be in the island’s epicenter, near the party scenes and shopping. Here's our review.

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Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France

The 33-room Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France on Flamands Beach epitomizes the island’s laid-back style. Here's our review.

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Hôtel Le Toiny

Following a restoration after Hurricane Irma in 2017, Hôtel Le Toiny has added eight new villa suites, for a total of 22, along with one two-bedroom Villa Suite, all strategically located across the hillside along one of the most rugged and beautiful coastlines on St. Barth's. Its private location (and prime views) have helped earned the property—which has just celebrated its 25th year—a reputation as the perfect romantic hideaway. Seven new Spirit Suites feature well-appointed living areas, mini-kitchens and separate bedrooms, terraces and private pools. Three of these villas are spread over two floors. There are also four one-bedroom villas and a two-story, 2,000-square-foot two-bedroom option. All 13 Signature suites have new decks, pools and larger bathrooms with bathtub and shower, and there’s even a fantastic four-bedroom villa overlooking the ocean. The Reverend Charlie and Mandie Vere Nicoll, the British visionaries behind Isle de France (now LVMH's Cheval Blanc) who bought Le Toiny with several investors in 2015, have ensured that the hotel is even more polished than before and retains its distinctive clubhouse atmosphere. (You may spot Mandie at the beach with her long-haired dachshund Gladys.)

Renovations in 2016 and recent refurbishments, following Irma, by English interior designer Bee Osborn, have incorporated flawless white and taupe upholstery, sun-bleached woods and pale blue pops of color. Bathrooms have dual Duravit sinks and deep Victoria & Albert soaking tubs. Floor-to-ceiling white linen curtains add to the drama and allow guests to truly escape the world if they choose. The main attraction for most couples is the incredible privacy of the villas, which face the sea and sky, so you feel sufficiently secluded. Each villa has a private terrace with a pool and stunning views down the hill to the sea. A petit déjeuner (or anything you desire), along with an abridged version of the New York Times, is delivered daily, whenever you like.

And while the main house has an infinity pool area, a spa and an appealing eponymous restaurant and bar, overlooking Toiny Bay, most guests prefer to hide out in their villas, where everything from masseuses, trainers and chefs can be arranged so you don’t have to leave your hillside haven—and many honeymooners don’t, for up to a week. This is where George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth spent their honeymoon, and where celebrities including Brad Pitt and Kate Moss (not together) have been rumored to hide out. It may be one of the best places in the Caribbean for a lost weekend,  but if you aren’t wild about who you are with, you may feel that the island’s other distractions (restaurants and shopping) are a little too far away. You can also opt for a hike among the pathways around the property. One such walk takes you to the "Washing Machine," named after the foaming effect of the sea after it crashes into the rocks, or walk to where the natural water pools are deep enough for a dip.

Among the best additions to the property are the sophisticated Le Toiny Restaurant, overlooking the infinity pool and Le Toiny Beach Club down below. The ride down to the beach takes five to 10 minutes and feels like a beach safari, as you bounce along the rocky road and watch your progress from the open Land Rover Defender. The vibe may remind you a little of St. Tropez. Taking full advantage of its rugged southeast coast location, Le Toiny also has a new Surf Shack boutique and surfing school directly on-property, with lessons available for all levels—from beginner to experts—with a pro surf champion.

Contact your Trip Designer for more details or assistance with booking the island villa that best suits your needs.

Le Toiny is also the perfect spot for a wedding, and the property is often taken over for private events. On Indagare's recent visit, a wedding and reception were being set up in the main building and down at the beach. Musicians were slated to perform from a platform in the middle of the infinity pool off the terrace, with synchronized swimmers on either side. A firepit and torches were being readied to light up the night all around the pool's exterior. It is not hard to imagine wedding guests filling the terrace or enjoying the seaside view from the platform, down below, on the beach, installed just for the event. For hotel guests, music often sets the mood here. A DJ plays a chill background soundtrack at dinner and laidback tunes (a slow version of "Message in a Bottle," "Girl from Ipanema") are flowing all day long at the beach, by the pool—island life, encapsulated.


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